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Stalin's agent : the life and death of Alexander Orlov

Author: Boris Volodarsky
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This is the history of an unprecedented deception operation - the biggest KGB deception of all time. It has never been told in full until now. There are almost certainly people who would like it never to be told. It is the story of General Alexander Orlov. Stalin's most loyal and trusted henchman during the Spanish Civil War, Orlov was also the Soviet handler controlling Kim Philby, the British spy, defector, and  Read more...
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Named Person: Aleksandr Orlov; Aleksandr Orlov; Aleksandr Orlov; Aleksandr Orlov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Boris Volodarsky
ISBN: 0199656584 9780199656585
OCLC Number: 869343535
Description: xxxii, 789 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I FELDBIN, AKA NIKOLSKY, AKA NIKOLAEV, AKA GOLDIN, AKA ORLOV --
1. Bobruisk and Moscow --
2. Paris: August 1926-December 1927 --
3. Berlin: January 1928-April 1931 --
Interlude 1 First American Adventure: September-November 1932 --
4. Vienna: April-July 1933 --
5. Geneva and Paris: Operation express, July 1933-May 1934 --
6. Enterprise 'O' --
7. Vienna, Copenhagen, and London: 19 June-25 July 1934 --
Interlude 2 London: September-December 1934 --
8. London: January-March 1935 --
9. Copenhagen: Early 1935 --
10. Comrade Resident: June-September 1935 --
11. Home, Sweet Home: October 1935-September 1936 --
pt. II IN SPAIN --
12. The Backdrop: Spilling the Spanish Beans --
13. Moscow, Madrid, and Valencia: August 1936-January 1937 --
14. The Internationals --
15. Juzik will be called Artur --
16. NKVD and their 'Neighbours', 1937 --
17. The Secret History of Orlov's Crimes: January 1937-July 1938 --
18. The POUM Affair: Operation Nikolai --
19. Murder in Lausanne --
20.1938 and Beyond --
pt. III THE ORLOV LEGACY --
Interlude 3 The Letter --
21. From Trotsky to Tito --
22. True Lies --
23. The Affair called 'Agent Mark' --
24. M15: Secrets of Personal File 605.075 --
25. KGB in the Law Quad --
26. In and Out of the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire --
27. Comrade Walter --
28. Conclusion: Behind Closed Curtains --
Appendices --
I. Dr Arnold Deutsch --
II. Soviet Agents, Suspected Agents, Collaborators, and Sympathizers --
III. Documents.
Responsibility: Boris Volodarsky.

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This is the true story behind 'General Alexander Orlov', the man who never was, now revealed in full for the first time: Stalinist henchman, Soviet spy, celebrated 'defector' to the West, and central  Read more...

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